Me! Me! Me! Me!
So I’m reading the New York Times article where various bloggers are asked “what they thought was the most important event or moment of the campaign that, we hope, comes to an end today.”
For the most part the answers are fairly interesting…until you get to those shy violets over at Powerline:
The most important event of the campaign was the exposure of documents cited by “60 Minutes” in its report on President Bush’s Air National Guard service as fraudulent. We participated in this exposure by asking our readers for information relevant to the documents’ authenticity, and then by organizing and disseminating the information we received on topics like the typewriters of the early 1970’s and arcane points of military protocol in the same era.
We posted our observations about the “60 Minutes” documents on the morning of Sept. 9, the day after Dan Rather’s report was broadcast. We updated the posting through the day as new information came in from readers. Within 12 hours, more than 500 other Web sites had linked to ours, millions of people were aware of the serious questions that had been raised about CBS’s documents, and CBS News executives were on the defensive.
When it became clear within a few days that the documents were indeed fake, it was widely recognized that journalism had changed forever. Never again will the mainstream news media be able to dictate the flow of information to the American people.
Yes, John and Scott brought the mighty Mainstream Media to it’s knees which is why Hinderaker will be appearing on MSNBC/NBC tomorrow night (in the fastest sell-out ever) where he will attempt to explain the connection between his CBS exposé and Bush’s declining numbers since 9/9/2004; The Day That Changed Everything In The Playground That Is John’s Mind.